Taser drawn on grandfather after threats to police officer in Chapel St Leonards
A 49-YEAR-old man, who threatened a police officer three times, suffered meningitis as a child which had affected his brain, a court was told.
Toni Schofield of East View Close, Chapel St Leonards admitted using threatening words and behaviour towards PC Anthony Ryan on September 6, last year.
Paul Wood, prosecuting, told the court that PC Ryan went to Schofield's home to serve an harassment order but as Schofield came to the door, the officer heard him on the phone saying: "They've come to serve a form and I'm not having it."
Mr Wood said Schofield, who had his three-year-old grandson with him, refused to accept the form and the officer left the house.
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However, Schofield followed him out to his car and was abusive to the officer, who then drew his Taser as a warning.
The officer then left the scene but later he saw Schofield in his vehicle, flashing his lights at him.
Mr Wood said the officer pulled into a lay-by and Schofield and his son, who was with him, got out of the car and Schofield again threatened the officer, who again drew his Taser as a warning.
Schofield left the scene after the officer called for assistance and police went to his house where he was arrested, and again threatened the officer.
A report from the Probation Service said that Schofield had had a physical injury to his brain when very young which had affected his judgement and he did take medication for it.
Mitigating, Saleem Khan said Schofield had suffered meningitis as a child which had affected his brain.
He said Schofield did a lot of work for charity and there were two sides to his character.
He said Schofield had initially been upset by the harassment notice which he felt was wrong as he had never even been questioned about it.
He was also upset that the officer had drawn his Taser when his grandson was present, although the court was told the officer had not seen the child.
The magistrates imposed a 12-month community order with supervision and ordered Schofield to carry out 130 hours of unpaid work for the community.
He was also ordered to pay £250 in prosecution costs.